1971 - 1974: Reed and Sandi successfully competed in local Solo events with their Datsun 240Z.
KRYDERACING was founded in the fall of 1974 by Reed and Sandi Kryder. Since then it has grown from a small amateur effort to a highly successful team in many forms of racing. Below is a brief summary:
1974 - 1978: KRYDERACING built and campaigned a Datsun 240Z in the Sports Car Club of America C-Production class. They progress from driver's schools to the highly competitive Northeast Division National Championship Series. In 1976, KRYDERACING became a distributor for Simpson Safety Equipment. It was to be the start of the sales end of the company.
1979 - 1981: Following the sale of the 240Z a wide variety of classes and vehicles were evaluated for future racing. Finally, an agreement with the Datsun Competition Department resulted in the construction of a new Datsun 280ZX. The team returned to competition mid-season in 1981. Despite the late start, Reed finished second in the Southwest Division point standings and earned an invitation to the Champion Spark Plug Road Racing Classic at Road Atlanta.
1982 - 1986: KRYDERACING moved up to the professional ranks and competed in the IMSA GTU Series. Consistent improvements in professionalism and team efforts were evident on and off the track. In 1986 the team entered a record 12 events including first time appearances at the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. In 1982 KRYDERACING opened its store at Nelson Ledges Road Course. In 1983 we initiated and ran the first Kryderacing Regional Championship Series at Nelson. The series would honor successful Regional level racers with a banquet and year-end awards.
1987 - 1989: KRYDERACING designed and built its first complete tube-frame car. The 1987 IMSA GTU class Nissan 300ZX was an immediate success and a consistent top-ten performer. KRYDERACING added a Showroom Stock GT Nissan 300ZX Turbo to its stable and recorded several top three finishes over a four year span of National and Regional races.
1990: A roller-coaster of a year. Late race incidents at the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring not only cost KRYDERACING what looked like definite podium finishes, but left the team without a car following the Sebring accident. A new GTU tube-frame car was constructed in the KRYDERACING shop in three months. The Nissan 240SX made its debut at Mosport. Four additional events were run in 1990 with three top-ten finishes for the new car.
1991: A year of many firsts for KRYDERACING. We competed in 12 of the 15 IMSA GTU events in the Exxon Supreme Series. All the finishes were ninth or better, we acquired the most points and most prize money won to date, and had our first top-ten season finish. Out Fifth Place GTU season finish was also the highest finish by a non-factory team in 1991. With regards to factory efforts, all the Nissan factory cars dropped out of the Mosport race, but our third place finish in that race secured the deciding points to give Nissan the 1991 Manufacturers Championship.
1992 -1993: Our GTU Nissan finished both years at the 24 Hours of Daytona. Frenchman Guy Kuster joined Reed for a Third Place finish in the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1993. We also finished in the top-ten in season points in 1993. But KRYDERACING was becoming involved in other activities during this time period which would greatly influence future activities. The flow of clients through the shop was increasing. While many of these new clients originated though our racing activities, an increasing number would learn of us through a newly formed relationship with TrackTime Performance Driving Schools.
1994 - 1996: We continued our finishing record (no DNF’s) at the 24 Hours of Daytona. In 1996 we posted another top-five finish at the 12 Hours of Sebring. While Reed had run, and won, many of the 24 hour “Longest Day of Nelson Ledges” races, 1995 would see the first entry from KRYDERACING. Our Infiniti Q45 finished second in the Prototype Class. Our rental ride programs, involvement with the TrackTime schools, and maintenance of clients cars were keeping everyone busy. In 1994 Reed joined car owner Russ Wilson in a KRYDERACING prepped Corvette ZR-1 in what would be the first of four appearances in the One Lap of America. Their top finish was a Third Place (First Independent) in 1996.
1997: KRYDERACING started out this year with two entries in the 24 Hours of Daytona. Our success and growth of previous years led us to the purchase of one of the factory 240SX GTU race cars. Unfortunately, both vehicles had problems with their new fuel injection systems and were unable to qualify. If it were not for our other clients and activities, this disaster could have put us out of business. It did force us to put our clients and their vehicles ahead of our own racing objectives. While this was frustrating at the time, it would prove to be beneficial in the years ahead. One special honor that year was being selected to manage the track day activities for the annual Lotus Owners Gathering.
1998: KRYDERACING returned to Daytona with a single entry and renewed their history of completing the 24 hour event. The impact of last year’s Daytona disaster was still being felt, but our assistance to other racers was becoming more entrenched.
1999: After a quarter century of racing sports cars, Reed became involved with the Marlboro Racing School as a stock car instructor. Our tube-frame Nissan 240SX was run in what would be its last professional events. Reed would surpass 100 Professional starts in an IMSA style GT car. Our assistance to club racers was reaching new levels. One July event at Mid-Ohio saw 7 of our entries post two wins and three seconds. We assisted Dan Minkler in his winning the GT5 National Championship.
2000: For the first time ever, KRYDERACING ran someone else’s car and team at Daytona. The Chevy-Kudzu finished the race and many people congratulated the crew for accomplishing the task with a car they saw for the first time on the Wednesday proceeding the race. Reed must have been doing okay at the school because he was promoted to head instructor for the stock car area. He also returned to the One Lap of America and posted a Fifth Place in John Bender’s KRYDERACING prepped Corvette ZR-1.
2001: KRYDERACING became the official Baer Brake representative to SCCA’s American Sedan drivers. The program would grow slowly, but be well received. Numerous individual races and a couple of season Championships were won by drivers in either KRYDERACING rental vehicles or KRYDERACING prepped vehicles. Bill Pintaric qualified and ran in the SCCA Run-Off Championships in his KRYDERACING prepped GT-4 Datsun 510. Reed drove a stock Corvette Z06 to seventh in the One Lap of America.
2002: The Baer program is back and has grown. Reed’s stock car duties continue. New classes and competitions are planned for the KRYDERACING fleet of rental vehicles. The Kryderacing Regional Championship Series at Nelson Ledges will be run for the twentieth year.